Saturday, May 28, 2011

More Stickers for TATE's!

Here's a few more stickers I did for TATE's comics in Florida! I haven't seen if these were used or not yet, but it's been a blast doing these. Enjoy.

Don't forget to check out the latest Eclectorama Art on the Cheap for your Hi Res Star Wars Trading Card! (yes it's FREE Brian.)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Here you go internet!

My take on the classic Star Wars trading cards. Collect them all!

click image to see it Galaxy size! Then save, print and enjoy.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Hey Ladies!

All right it's ladies night and the feelin's right... oh hey didn't see you there. That's right it's time for another Eclectorama Photo Assignment! Well, the part were I post all the photos you my fine Eclectomaniacs have submitted. Stay tuned because at the end of this post I will announce the next assignment and I think it's going to be a fun one!

I thought I would drop my photo first this time, so here you have my original Princess Leia figures from when I was a wee lad.

I cannot tell you how or when I acquired these, most likely from different birthday hauls and holiday presents, but as you can see I did take care of my ladies. My favorite is the Hoth Leia front and center. To this day when someone mentions Princess Leia, this is pretty much the first thing that pops in my mind, I think the Hoth outfit trumps even the Jabba's Prisoner outfit, lets be truthful that one is so over done now, I don't know if it's the way she wore her hair or the snow bunny aspect that I dig, but Hoth Leia will always be my number one.

I have to tell you also it was difficult to decide what to shoot, I tend to collect a lot of the female action figures for various lines, and by the looks of things so do you. So lets see what you sent in.

Matt, who I have an ongoing joke that he has no website, sent in this mix, here's what Matt has to say "Padme Amidala is my favorite Star Wars female character. In this photo she has found a couple of friends to go fight bad guys with."

This impressive sampling of lady action figure form is from non other than Reis. He added "I had this big pile of 1:18 scale female figures collected and was planning this big scene of them all hanging out, maybe having a wedding shower or something, and then I spotted my DCUC Powergirl and my MOTUC Teela and decided that I needed to show my few larger ladies some love. ;)"

Ron had a great idea of doing a mix of all his figures, something from all the different lines he has on hand, "I coulda done a whole pic with just Star Wars ladies or Simpsons ladies, but settled on one from each line and even then Star Wars kinda cheated with one figure from the original vintage line and a prequel figure"

Mock had this to contribute "... is of the ladies who sit on my desk. I admit I moved Hourman but other than that it is pretty much how things look."
But wait, check this next one out, one of my favorites...

Now how cool is this... Mock's son, Logan (who has his own blog) had to send his and his sister's figures! " 7 year old son Logan. He saw me organizing my figures and wanted to set up some too. He says "Here is a picture of all the little girls that me and my sister bought. I decided to take a picture. They are mostly Super Hero Squad. Some of them are Star Wars and some of them are GI Joe. :-) "

Bubbashelby, who is no stranger to the ladies... but has a thing against dolls for some odd reason, sent in this mix. "one of these ladies just isn't like the others". Bubba sent in a whole slew of images, I picked my favorite though he has been posting the rest on all his sites, go check them out.

Chrisman sent in this awesome batch of ladies from his collection and as always he makes toy photography look awesome! "This time i wanna participate XD... i’m pretty sure at least 30% of my collection is represented by beautiful girls & i’m doing a great effort to achieve a 50/50... just for the gender equity!"

Colin had this to say about this amazing toy. "One of my favorite female action figures is the DC Direct New Krypton Superwoman- I have a few female Mattel DCUCs, but DC Direct does a more artful job with their females, in my humble opinion. This little lady loved the camera during my shoot for her blogpost at the Super-DuperToyBox this past February 14th- it was a labor of love..."

iok went all GI Jane on us with this sample of his collection, I think he covered all the favorites... wait where's Lady Jay? "My piece - Ladies of the Joeniverse - features (from left to right) Scarlett, Baroness (the less-ugly version) and Courtney ''Cover Girl'' Krieger from the GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra movie tie-in line. Personally I think Cover Girl looks more like David St. Hubbins but you gotta work with what you've got...

Brian sent in this wonderful Father, Daughter piece. I told Brian that the Sideshow Princess Leia is simply amazing, it looks so much like Carrie Fisher. Makes me want to go to Ebay and find one... or open up my POTF one from Hasbro. Thanks Brian for sending this in!

This is cool, I have been posting the photos in the order I have received them and I was getting worried that I would have just a bunch of dudes and their little plastic ladies, not good for nerd or geek kind, but then I received this next email from Alexa of Pop Elegantiarum..."Here's a portrait of my old Batgirl doll from the 70s. She lost her helmet and boots through years of play."
She still has her Batgirl! We need to pull together and get her the parts to complete her figure!

And as if that wasn't cool enough...

Long time blogger, who has been missed as of late, A. Pants sends in her photo of all her ladies "duking it out over Spock-Elvis". That is too funny!

This Ladies and Gentlemen was one of my favorite Photo Assignments to date, how can I top this one??? How about a picture of someone else's toys?

That's right the next Eclectorama Photo Assignment is a photo of someone else's toys! I will give you a little time on this one and I will no doubt have to remind some of you : ) So, go take a picture of your son's or daughter's favorite toys, how about a fellow collector that you marvel at their collection, or have a family member that has a collection of stuffed animals... take a picture of that. You could even go into a toy store and take a photo of toys you wish you could have, but just don't have in your collection. That's really it, it cannot be in your collection.

Here's the details...

1) Submit one JPG image to me by Wednesday, June 8, 2011 of someone else's toys (with their permission of course... well unless you are going all commando and shooting pictures in stores).

2) Include your first name and if you have a website you want linked to.

3) Send your picture and info (see above) to eclectorama [at] studiohowell [dot] com, with "Not My Toys!" in the subject.

4) I will post all the photos on Friday, June 10, 2011, so be back here then to see what people sent in.

5) Remember these toys cannot be in your collection! Yet, anyway.

This isn't a contest and I don't want too much trouble put into your picture, line them up, snap a pic and send it in! I am not collecting email to spam you, I don't have that much time,it's just for fun!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

X-Men invade my desk!

Not really a Candid Toy Pic, but it was sort of a random little photo shoot.

Found these at the TRU here in the "Middle of Nowhere", Texas.

This set reminds me of those old 90's Toy Biz days...except with a ton more articulation. Truth be told I picked this set up for Storm, but was sad that her waist articulation is super loose (keep your minds out of the gutter) and she cannot raise her arms because they are fastened to her cape... so that if she could raise them her cape would raise too?!

Oh well at least I got another Wolverine.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Hey Ladies Reminder!

Today's the deadline to get your picture in for the "Hey Ladies" post on Friday!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Free Comic Book Day 2011!

It's here, and even though our LCS (Local Comic Shop) in town is rather greedy and limits the comics to one per customer, I have been taken care of very well by my friends at Tate's. I still may venture into the "big city" and see what one of the shops there is doing.

In the mean time as promised here are the first set of stickers I did for Tate's Comic Shop...

I think these turned out great! Tate's does a really great job promoting their shop, they also sent another item they used the artwork on that I will be posting soon!

Next up are the submitted artwork, as with all projects the artwork may need some tweaks and type changes, the Galactus went through a few before the finished version and since the Flash was the first sticker attempt I had left off some key elements like the website url... so, these will be a little different being the first submissions and all. Enjoy!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Flash! He'll save everyone of us...

Oh wait wrong flash. Little known fact, next to Batman, the Flash is one of my favorite super heroes. Okay, maybe it is known. This illustration was done for Tate's Comics in Florida for their Free Comic Book Day stickers they pass out (a different version, this one was an "airbrush" version I did for the fun of it).

If I lived in Florida this shop would get a good portion of my pay check. If you live in Florida you should check them out, tell them Charles sent you and what the hey pick me up something nice from their shop for giving you the tip... worth a try.

click image to see larger... if you can, the Flash is pretty quick!

Speaking of being worth a try, do you my dear, dear readers think that people might be interested in me doing commissions of their favorite pop culture heroes? I have been approached and have turned away a lot of offers, but I think if I do it as a commission it might be okay. Leave a comment and let me know.

Tune in tomorrow as I will be posting the stickers and images of the submitted graphics I did for the shop! Hope you all have a great Free Comic Book Day!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!

I knew all those little Lego Mariachis would pay off one day! I love these guys!

Cinco de Mayo, any reason is a good reason to celebrate in ole' San Antonio and the Fifth of May is no exception. So while you are just happy to make it over hump day we are living it up here in the Eclectorama HQ!

This guy here, he's crazy!

I know that this is sort of celebrated through out the country, well at least here and So Cal, but I remember in college working for a certain brown shipping company and shipping those damn Corona displays everywhere for weeks leading up to this day. So live it up, tomorrow it's back to work... unless we can do this on the 5th of every month!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Happy Star Wars Day Everyone!

clicky to wookiee size it!

See what I did there? May the 4th, eh, eh? I wish I could take credit for this day, oh well. AT-AT first I was thinking what can I do to celebrate Star Wars Day this year, I was so going to shoot a cool picture, then I thought I will make my peeps something special, so I drew up my favorite wookiee jamming out for yas!

I plan on watching the OT tonight and maybe swing by the store and pick up a little Star Wars sompin sompin, you all have a blast today, go pull the ears off a Gundark!

Oh yeah the official site is supposed to make a big Blu Ray announcement today!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Next Photo Assignment: Hey Ladies!

I don't know if I will have a lot for this one... That's right I want to see all those action figures of the ladies in your collections. Dig through those totes, go to your shelves and gather them up and shoot a picture. You know you have them. Pick a favorite or shoot a group but have them sent in by no later than May 11th so I can post them that Friday.

Why the ladies? I don't think they get enough exposure in the "Action Figure" world. Sure we have seen more and more being released over the years, but I get the feeling they are still regulated as the damsel in distress in many a collection.

To announce this photo assignment I went no father than my drawing desk and shot a picture of this fine example of action figure form, my favorite from when I was a kid, my original Leia.

So, ladies AND gentlemen send in your pics, here's the particulars:

1) Submit one JPG image to me by Wednesday, May 11, 2011 of your action figure ladies.

2) Include your first name and if you have a website you want linked to.

3) Send your picture and info (see above) to eclectorama [at] studiohowell [dot] com, with "Hey Ladies!" in the subject.

4) I will post all the photos on Friday, May 13, 2011, so be back here then to see what people sent in.

5) Last but not least, and this should have to go unsaid, but let's keep it decent oaky, I mean you all have mothers, sisters, wives or girlfriends (this is for the guys, ladies I am sure you will take this assignment seriously).

This isn't a contest and I don't want too much trouble put into your picture, line them up, snap a pic and send it in! I am not collecting email to spam you, I don't have that much time,it's just for fun!

Oh yeah, this will be a monthly thing so if you miss this one there will be more photo assignments to come.